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Plant info Lady Palm

rhapis palm 1 black coneBOTANICAL NAME: Rhapis excelsa


DESCRIPTION: Bushy miniature clumping fan palm with bamboo like canes covered with coarse fibre. Leaves are leathery, glossy green and are divided into 3-10 broad segments. (Rhapis humilis has thinner leaves, more graceful stems and is less vigorous).

LIGHT/POSITION: Medium to high light but will tolerate low light for short periods.  Warm to cool room temperatures make them very adaptable.

WATERING: Keep evenly moist during the growing period, allowing top of soil to dry out between watering. Slow growing. Do not overwater.

CLEANING: Spray and wipe leaves regularly to remove dust and detect spider mite and mealybug.

FERTILISING: Apply weak liquid fertiliser in the growing season only, about once a month.

PRUNING: Remove lower leaves as they die off.  Propagate from suckers at the base of the plant in spring.

GENERAL INFORMATION: A “status” plant – ideal for boardrooms and foyer presentations.

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